Chuck Swindoll wrote, “In vain I have searched the Bible, looking for examples of early believers whose lives were marked by rigidity, predictability, inhibition, dullness, and caution. Fortunately, grim, frowning, joyless saints in Scriptures are conspicuous by their absence. Instead, the examples I find are of adventurous, risk-taking, enthusiastic, and authentic believers whose joy was contagious even in times of full trial. Their vision was broad even when death drew near. Rules were few and changes were welcome. The contrast between then and now is staggering.”
My spirit is lightened when I read Acts 16 as I listen in my spirit to Paul and Silas singing at midnight while confined in the inner sanctum of the Philippian Jail. Instead of sucking their thumb because they were suffering for Jesus, they were having a joy blast.
Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
He has a seat reserved for you if you cultivate the same attitude.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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